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Jun. 19th, 2017 10:31 am
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two men holding hands on Brooklyn Bridge in 1911 film

A 1911 documentary travelogue of New York City by a Swedish film crew. From the MoMA collection (viewable online through July 11).

Things to note:

• Spectacular views of bridges, skylines, landmarks, steamship ferries, trolleys, El trains, pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and fashion.

• Most people ignoring (or not noticing) the camera

• At least two instances of one-legged men (war veterans?) (@ ~3:00 and 4:47, and possibly a third @ 6:16)

• Same-sex couple holding hands as they cross Brooklyn Bridge (@ 3:42)

• Almost everybody wearing hats, except for a trio of men with hats in hand crossing the street in front of the Flatiron Building, one of whom puts his back on when he seems to spot the camera (@ 6:30)
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